Miami Heat: Will Heat Continue Physical Play Against the Celtics?
Miami Heat Steal Game One With Defensive Dominance
The Miami Heat had their struggles this year: there was "Cry-gate", the embarrassing loss to Cleveland, two lengthy losing streaks, etc..
But their greatest struggles seem to have come against the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics.
Prior to a victory in April, the Heat lost three straight games to the Celtics and many experts out there believed that the Heat just didn't match up well with Boston.
But after another long season, the Celtics aging, superstars in the middle-year, especially Jermaine O'Neal and Kevin Garnett, might be slowing down by the second round. And since they dealt away Kendrick Perkins, the Celtics are less stout in the middle than they were back in November and December.
There may have been evidence of that shift in power yesterday when the Heat edged out the Celtics yesterday in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semi Finals.
Miami repeatedly forced tough shots and some sloppy passes out of the Celtics. More noticeable was some pushing and shoving (along with a flagrant and technical foul) by both teams that led to some hot tempers on both sides.
The Celtics are renowned for that type of intimidating rough style play. although the Heat certainly are not, Dwayne Wade hinted that they were read for another physical bout with Boston.
"Every game is going to go like this. We look forward to the challenge."
But can they keep up that level of physical play throughout the rest of this series?
That's the big question. But it's nice to see the Heat aren't afraid of the big bad Celtics.
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